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Museum Folkwang

Museumsplatz 1, 45128 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Ostviertel)
+49 201 8845 444
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Ranked #2 of 36 attractions in Essen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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Essen, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Brand new, well designed museum: lots of light, Bauhaus- type style. Quite a good permanent collection, often combined with major temporary exhibitions. A "must visit" in Essen.

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Brussels, Belgium
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75 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Le Monde called it "the most beautiful museum in the world" and meant the building by David Chipperfield which indeed is perfect for a pleasant art experience.The string of interconnected pavillons are light and light-flooded, bridge inside and outside by opening the perspective to green interior courtyards and the town outside, and make you discover the collection quite effortless in... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Nice examples of some of the Master's - Monet, Picasso etc. Galleries are large with high ceilings and well lit, so good for viewing. I was there mid-day and very few other people were there so it was pleasant to view in quiet. Definitely worth getting audio tour from museum.

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Washington DC
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336 helpful votes 336 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I loved, loved, loved this museum. Aside from its shockingly good permanent collection of modern art, from Kirchner and German Expressionist pieces to a variety of other art movements represented -- we saw what in recent memory is my absolute favorite temporary show, "Im Farbenrausch-Matisse, Munch and the Expressionists" . This had to be one of the most brilliantly organized... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Nice collection of 19th century art. We enjoyed especially the 4 Van Goghs, but also Nolde, Macke, Kirchner and other painters. And some great sculptures by Rodin. Vincent & Paul next door is a good restaurant.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I spent an enjoyable afternoon viewing the 19th and 20th century collection of paintings + sculpture and photos and 21st century art in the amazing modern gallery (new exhibition space by David Chipperfield). It was difficult to find on foot : I guess it might be easier by car or tram. Bags have to be left in the cloakroom. There... More

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Hanover, Germany
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I am a regular visitor of this fine museum of Germany´s so called Ruhr District. It got a new exhibition hall in 2010 and this building itself is worth to see. A lot of light and bright architecture which suits the collection of mostly European 19th and 20th century pictures. Among them several van Goghs, Manets, Picassos. Entrance fees a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Had a good section of 19th and early 20th paintings, not many but covering the main artists. Some sculptures as well.

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Essen, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I've now viewed two exhibitions here, "Farbenrausch" and "Engel of Paul Klee". Beautiful setting for a wonderful permanent collection, too.

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Puget Sound
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We caught the next to last day of an exhibition on the early days of Expressionism. The crowd was huge but the staff managed nicely. It being January, a pair of servers providing free, hot drinks to folks standing in line outside awaiting admission was a very friendly touch. The exhibition built on a few works owned by the Museum,... More

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